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Run of the mill ruin

March 22, 2018

Part of being a responsible pet parent is keeping your four-legged family member free from harm -- especially poison-related emergencies, which are so often preventable in the first place. It's a good idea to always have the number for the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) handy (888-426-4435); they are definitely your best resource if you think your pet has ingested or come into contact with a potentially poisonous substance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Annually, they receive over 180,000 calls!

In honor of Poison Prevention Week we've compiled a list of the top 5 toxins most commonly ingested by pets -- and reported to the APCC -- in 2016.


Stymie Sickness

March 21, 2018

There is nothing you can do that will better ensure your pet's good health and longevity than to maintain a regular schedule of preventive care exams. Not only do these exams help protect your pet's health, they help protect your financial well-being also. Allowing us the opportunity to catch issues while they are still at their earliest and most treatable is an obvious benefit, but less apparent is that it simply costs less to prevent disease rather than treat it. For example, take the cost of a monthly heartworm preventive versus the $1,000 or more it would cost to treat an infected dog. And for a cat, the heartworm prevention is priceless since there are no treatments for feline infection.


Getting the Job Done

March 14, 2018

With bull fertility being the single biggest factor determining the success of your calf crop, it just makes sense to ensure you're getting what you expect from your bulls. In fact, it is estimated that fertility as a production measure is 5 to 10 times more important economically than any other metric. Fertility testing can help make sure your bulls have the right stuff to properly service your herd.

Generally speaking bulls are rarely completely infertile, but sub-fertility is common and can affect up to 20 percent of bulls. Sub-fertile bulls may still impregnate females, but it will take more attempts and a longer period of time to do so. These delays can affect the number of calves weaned and the size of your weaned calves come sale time, negatively affecting your profit. Fertility testing prior to the start of the breeding season can alert you to fertility issues that will affect your season and allow time to treat them and retest or replace the bull, depending on the source of the issue. 


Brain Drain

March 9, 2018

Equine encephalitis, also called "sleeping sickness," is a mosquito-transmitted disease that can cause severe inflammation of the brain in both horses and humans. There are three distinct versions of the disease, two of which are Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE) and Western equine encephalitis (WEE). 

As the name suggests, EEE is found primarily in the Eastern United States and Canada. WEE is prevalent in areas ranging from Argentina to Western Canada and in the United States in states west of the Mississippi River. Because the mosquito plays such a vital role in transmitting the disease, most cases are reported between June and November, although in warmer climates cases can be seen year round.


Strike At the Heart

March 5, 2018

With the incidence of heartworm infection on the rise, and heartworm infection having been diagnosed in every state, it is more important than ever to make sure your pet is protected from this preventable disease.

According to the American Heartworm Society, only 4 in 10 dogs and 1 in 10 cats are on heartworm preventives. That leaves an awful lot of unprotected pets who are not only at risk of becoming infected with heartworms, but also of becoming contributors to the ongoing proliferation and spread of infection prevalence. Since 2013, the nationwide average number of heartworm-positive dogs has risen 21.7 percent. That means there are more heartworm-positive pets around from which a mosquito could transfer infection to yours, thereby increasing the potential for your pet to become infected if she is left unprotected.